One Leavenworth County fire department recently received a $10,000 donation. And another fire department will be receiving a similar donation next week.

One Leavenworth County fire department recently received a $10,000 donation. And another fire department will be receiving a similar donation next week.

The money is being donated to the departments by Waste Management.

Company officials presented a $10,000 check Oct. 5 to the Fairmount Township Fire Department in Basehor.

Representatives of Waste Management are scheduled to present another $10,000 check to Leavenworth County Fire District No. 1. That presentation will take place Monday during a meeting of Fire District No. 1’s governing board in Lansing.

Fairmount Township Fire Chief Chuck Magaha said his department will use its donation as seed money for a scholarship program for students who go through a cadet program.

“We’re trying to build that for future cadets,” he said.

He said the Fairmount Township Fire Department offers the cadet program to seniors at Basehor-Linwood High School. The cadets receive firefighter training and even respond with firefighters to calls.

Magaha said the scholarship program will provide money to assist cadets with continuing their education in fire service.

Rick Huhn, chief of Fire District No. 1, said the money donated to his department probably will be used to help with new utility service for a Lansing station.

The Lansing station is located on the property of the Lansing Correctional Facility on the corner of Main Street and Kansas Avenue.

The fire district is in the process of arranging the purchase of the site of the fire station from the state. With the purchase of the property, the fire district will have to pay for new utility connections. Currently, the station utilizes the utilities of the Lansing Correctional Facility including the use of generator power from the prison.

Huhn said the donation may be used to purchase a new generator for the station.

“We’re looking at doing a generator pretty quick,” he said.

According to John Blessing, public sector manager for Waste Management, the money being donated was raised in conjunction with efforts to hold a Waste Management charity golf tournament. The annual golf tournament was supposed to take place this year in the Kansas City area.

But the tournament ended up being canceled because many senior leaders from Waste Management and corporate sponsors were unable to attend. They work in the Houston area, which had just been struck by Hurricane Harvey.

However, the canceled tournament still raised nearly $400,000 through pledges that already had been offered by sponsors. Of that amount, $100,000 was donated for hurricane relief. An additional $160,000 was used to make donations to 16 fire departments in the Kansas City area including the Fairmount Township Fire Department and Fire District No. 1.

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